Has anyone read On the Road by Jack Kerouac?
This is one of the books I read as a teen that I just loved. Every young person–any race, class, or sex—just has a WHOLE lot of feelings and thoughts, you know? You’re young, you’re confused about loving others, loving yourself, and life, and you’re trying to figure it all out.
“I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” —Jack Kerouac
This book, with its non-linear, Road narrative and poetic prose, really speaks to that youthful energy . As an adult, I recognize that this book is, at times, admittedly racist, filled with drugs, and not quite as a brilliant as I once thought. In fact, the book’s characters are adults behaving badly, as opposed to young people behaving badly (which is somehow more excusable?). I do, however, still believe that On the Road captures a certain moment or energy that we all at some point feel–those highs and lows (that I sometimes miss). Am I the only one who did a little rebellion as a kid? I swear, I was more rebellious in high school than college! You can imagine I had even less forethought and more confusion as a 14 year old.
Anyway, there is a movie adaptation of On the Road, and I am excited to see it! (I am ignoring the fact that Kristen Stewart stars in it, yuck.) Here’s the trailer for anyone interested.
I can’t wait to see this. It’s going to be a rental for me (most likely), but I will definitely see this. And you know what I will be eating as a snack while watching? Fruit with my new Homemade Dark Chocolate Syrup!
Ronaldo and I were looking for a syrup alternative to Hershey’s that had less sugar and more natural ingredients, but we couldn’t find anything! And if we did, it was 5 dollars too much. I suggested we make our own, and wooo, I’m glad we did! This syrup is definitely dark and even a bit bitter for all those dark chocolate lovers out there! It pairs perfectly with fruit. (I ate a tbsp with a banana last night.) If you prefer milk chocolate or would like it sweeter, use a Hershey’s Cocoa mix, add more of stevia or sugar, and you will love it. Next time, I think I’m going to add a touch more stevia and Bailey’s!
Homemade Chocolate Syrup
1 cup dark cocoa powder
1/2 cup stevia (or more sugar)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp almond milk (or regular milk)
2 tbsp chocolate chips
2 tbsp Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, stevia, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt, and whisk briefly to break up clumps.
Stir in the water, and again whisk briefly to break up any clumps. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. When the syrup begins boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low, add the honey, and let simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Place in a jar, and store in the refrigerator. Each tbsp of syrup is 40 calories.